Bank of China, Cheung Kong Centre and HSBC

  1. HSBC Building

    Sir Norman Foster’s striking, Bladerunner-esque edifice cost a whopping HK$5.2bn, making it the world’s priciest pile when it opened in 1985. The headquarters of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation are reputed to have some of the best feng shui around – the building sits on a rare confluence of five “dragon lines” and enjoys unimpeded harbour views. The soaring atrium feels like a cathedral, which might explain why on Sundays the ground level is taken over by chattering Filipina maids.

    • 1 Queen’s Rd, Central

    HSBC interior
  2. Bank of China

    This one is also famous in feng shui circles, but more for dishing it out than possessing it – the glass-skinned tower shoots bad vibes at the old Government House and other colonial entities. Its knife-like edges were the inspiration of American-Chinese master architect I. M. Pei. The 70-storey, 368-m (1,207-ft) stack of prisms opened in 1990. Its viewing platform is the natural place to go for a sweeping city perspective.

    • 1 Garden Rd, Central

    • 43/F viewing platform 9am–6pm Mon–Fri, 9am–1pm Sat

    Bank of China
  3. Tsing Ma Bridge

    The suspension bridge stretches from Tsing Yi Island to Lantau, a mile and a half (2.2 km) long. A striking sight, especially when lit up at night, the bridge carries the road and rail links to Chek Lap Kok airport. It opened in May 1997, having taken five years to build at a cost of HK$7.14 bn. Take the MTR to Tsing Yi or catch an airport bus (but not the airport train) to view it. There’s also a viewing platform at Ting Kau .

  4. Two IFC Tower

    Completed in 2003, the streamlined Two International Finance Centre Tower soars above Victoria Harbour. At 420 m (1,378 ft), it is Hong Kong’s tallest building and for now the seventh tallest in the world, soon to be overtaken by the International Commerce Centre. There’s a large shopping mall at its base.

    • Exchange Square, Central

  5. Hong Kong International Airport

    Sir Norman Foster strikes again. Landing isn’t quite the thrill ride it was at the old airport in Kowloon, but the passenger terminal, which opened in July 1998, is impressive. The airport is constructed on a specially flattened island – Chek Lap Kok.

  6. Lippo Towers

    These knobbly megaliths look like they have koalas clinging to the sides – a reflection of the original antipodean owner, jailbird Alan Bond.

    • 89 Queensway, Admiralty

    Lippo Towers
  7. The Centre

    The one with the pretty colours that keep changing all night – fantastic, unless you live next door. One of tycoon Li Kashing’s triumphs.

    • Queen’s Rd

  8. Cheung Kong Centre

    Big, boxy and glassy, another one of Li’s babies. He lives on the top of this one. Note how it’s built perfectly parallel to the adjoining Bank of China for optimal feng shui.

  9. Central Plaza

    Confusingly, this is in Wan Chai, not Central. The building has 78 storeys, two less than The Centre, but at 374 m (1,227 ft), it’s taller. Central Plaza is also the world’s tallest reinforced concrete building.

    • 18 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai

  10. HK Convention and Exhibition Centre

    Site of the official Handover ceremony in 1997, the Centre sprawls over a huge area over the harbour and was designed to resemble a bird in flight.

    • 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai

    Convention Centre
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